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Steak Au Poirve Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Paul Polito
Added: Thursday, December 4, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 8 ounce tenderloin steaks
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorn
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup cognac
1 cup heavy cream
kosher salt

Directions:
Directions:
Remove the steaks from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour prior to cooking. Sprinkle all sides with salt.

Coarsely crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, the bottom of a cast iron skillet, or using a mallet and pie pan. Spread the peppercorns evenly onto a plate. Press the fillets, on both sides, into the pepper until it coats the surface. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil. As soon as the butter and oil begin to turn golden and smoke, gently place the steaks in the pan. For medium-rare, cook for 4 minutes on each side. Once done, remove the steaks to a plate, tent with foil and set aside. Pour off the excess fat but do not wipe or scrape the pan clean.

Off of the heat, add 1/3 cup Cognac to the pan and carefully ignite the alcohol with a long match or firestick. Gently shake pan until the flames die. Return the pan to medium heat and add the cream. Bring the mixture to a boil and whisk until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 6 minutes. Add the teaspoon of Cognac and season, to taste, with salt. Add the steaks back to the pan, spoon the sauce over, and serve.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4-6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
20 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Got to love this old classic. Remember to make sure your stove fan is not too low or you will smoke it up. I usually pull the pan off the stove to ignite the cognac and you can twirl the pan around to burn all the alcohol off as well.

 

 

 

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